Nisarga - Kondh Tribal Children Education

Project Brief: Praja Chetna aims to open single-teacher schools and direct the teachers to work as community organizers. And to prepare students of 3rd and 4th std to join the Tribal residential schools run by ITDA.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Vamsi Gadey
Project Partner(s): Ajay Kumar
Other Contacts: Vignesh Ramakrishnan
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Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Feb 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 10277
Oct 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 1
Oct 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 8249
Mar 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 4623
Jul 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 4460
Nov 2006Silicon ValleyUSD 3980
Dec 2005Silicon ValleyUSD 6585
Jun 2004Silicon ValleyUSD 3256
Dec 2004Silicon ValleyUSD 3505
Dec 2003Silicon ValleyUSD 2625

Total = $47561

It is the aim of Praja Chetna to open single-teacher schools in these villages and direct the teachers to work as community organizers. The teachers also work as community health workers when diseases attack the villages and for wounds. They will also explain the exploitation by the merchants and the money lenders in the business of cereals the girijans grow. Praja conducts training programs for teachers and active youth of the villages once in two months. Praja Chetna strives to prepare students of 3rd and 4th standard and join them in Tribal residential schools run by the Integrated Tribal Development agency(ITDA).

Full Description
Praja Chetna is an organization started by Ajay Kumar and friends and have been working with the Kondhu adivasis since 1994. Ajay has a long history of working with the dalits and the adivasis, especially with land issues. He was able to get 5000 acres of land distributed to these people by the government. He helped form the Kondhu Girijana Samanvaya Committe. Praja Chetna worked with the DC to issue ration cards to the adivasi people. The Kondhu people suffer from many problems including isolation by the government, exploitation by other tribes etc.. Education in the community is close to zero percent. Praja Chetna aims to bring some education to the community by opening single-teacher schools in 10 adivasi villages.

Nisarga works with the government and non-governmental organizations to implement rural development programs. They work with the marginalised and small action groups in the area of environmental education, appropriate land use, alleviation of poverty, women-related issues and to promote voluntary effort in the rural masses.

The project will now be jointly executed by Praja Chetna and Nisarga

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India contacts information:
P.Chennaiah (Nisarga) - 91-9440274143 (Cell), 91-8572-228592
apvvu98(at)gmail(dot)com (Email)
Ajay Kumar (Praja Chetna) - 91-9440161095 (Cell), 91-8924-22498 (Work), 91-8924-31256(Home)